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Breaking Ground
Update 48
Date Sept 3 2008 (US)
Sep 4 2008 (UK)

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • The Guild Hall building projects for Qeynos and Freeport have begun to run dangerously low on resources! Director Jasmine at the Antonica docks and Director Hezreal at the Commonlands docks are eagerly seeking workers willing to help alleviate the situation.
  • During "Breaking Ground" (GU48): The Prophet of Healing, Seeress Ealaynya Ithis, has been murdered and Antonica appears to have been affected! Theories abound as to who performed the deed and towards what end. You may start your own investigation at the Temple of Life in North Qeynos. Meanwhile Evdokia, one of the Plaguebringer's fervent followers in Gorowyn, has tasks for those willing to help the Disciples of Disease. Won't she be delighted by the news of the Seeress' demise!

VEKSAR

  • Once thought lost to the waters of the Lake of Ill Omen, the ancient iksar city of Veksar has once again been discovered by the adventurers of Norrath! What has happened in the ancient theater of this once thriving resort city since it disappeared after the Age of Turmoil, and what secrets and treasures does it hold now? Make your way to the outpost of Omen's Call, and see if you can begin to unravel the mystery of this risen ancient monument to the pride and power of the Sathirian Empire.

GUILD MEMBER POINTS

  • Guilds can now assign and track points for guild members. Points can be assigned in many different ways. New guild permissions determine which members can manage points and which members can receive points. For more information, check out the Guild Member Points help topic in-game by clicking on the help button ("?") on top right of the the Guild Window (U).

GAMEPLAY

  • Fixed the camera position on Griffins and Sokokars in 3rd person mode.
  • First person view as a winter wolf is no longer disrupted by winter steam effect.
  • The barrier holding the doors of the Godking's temple have weakened with the onset of the void storms, allowing entry even without the sacred eyes!

ZONES

  • Everfrost
    • Everfrost has had a facelift! Adventurers will find dozens of additional quests, four new hubs, and a population friendlier to various playstyles.
  • South Freeport
    • The alchemy merchant in South Freeport has begun stocking kindling as a sideline.
  • Firemyst Gully
    • Wood in Firemyst Gully is now fully harvestable.
  • Veeshan's Peak
    • Adventurers in Veeshan's Peak will now find that defeating certain bosses will earn various respawn points in the zone.
    • Pattern drops in Veeshan's Peak now use the Smartloot system.
    • Milyex Vioren has switched strategies against invaders in Veeshan's Peak, and is now much more aggressive and much less defensive.
    • Xygoz, Nexona, Hoshkar, and Druushk will now drop two set pieces to match Silverwing, Phara Dar & Trakanon's drop rates.

TRAVEL

QUESTS

ITEMS

  • The artisan's tunic reward for the tradeskill tutorial quest no longer has the adventuring stats.
  • In-home crafting stations are no longer flagged as Lore.
  • The Diamond Rod from Shard of Hate now says "In Combat Run Speed" instead of "Speed at all Times".
  • The focus effect on the Robe of Nexus disruption has been changed from a 600 point hate reduction on Blip to a 20% chance to lower the caster's hate position by 1 upon casting Blip.
  • The Crystal of Dark Energy should now stack to 100.
  • Illusionist Shimmering Hues 4 piece bonus should now function properly.
  • Troubador Magnetism 4 piece bonus should now function properly.
  • Fury Stormbringer 4 piece bonus should now function properly.

SPELLS

ACHIEVEMENTS

TRADESKILLS

  • Tradeskill writs now award 300 faction (for timed work orders) or 200 faction (for regular work orders) on completion.
  • Handcrafted and mastercrafted armor (levels 1-69) has received an upgrade. Existing pristine items will automatically receive the improvement.
  • Outfitters are happy to announce there are no more incomplete armor sets craftable at any level -- not all sets are available at all levels, but if a set is available, every piece can now be made.
  • All available crafted armor sets from level 10 up can now be imbued.
  • The appearances of cloth and leather crafted armors are now more consistent, more varied in shape and tint, and should provide a much-awaited wider range of appearance options for the fashion conscious.
  • A wider variety of crafting stations are now available in Qeynos Harbor.

STATION VOICE

  • Voice Channels with over 100 players are now considered "high-user channels" and will only display active speakers.

PLAYER VS PLAYER

  • You can now betray and play the good classes in the evil cities and the evil classes in the good cities. In other words you can have a templar in Freeport or a brigand in Qeynos.
  • Hypnosis can no longer be canceled by the target of the spell.
  • It should now be possible to cure charm spells cast by hostile players.
  • Inquisitor
    • If you cast Inquisition on a player, the spell will only heal members of the inquisitor's group. Due to the nature of this spell, casting it on a hostile NPC will still cause it to heal nearby enemies. This is due to the fact that the NPC is casting the area of effect heal not the Inquisitor.

USER INTERFACE

  • World chat channels such as the Level channels can now be properly turned off on the main chat tab and moved to other tabs.

FAN FAIRE FEEDBACK

  • Neither good nor evil players should spawn directly next to the docks in Kylong Plains anymore.
  • None of the PVP respawns in the Fens of Nathsar should be threatened by creatures wandering too close.
  • Several creatures in Veeshan's Peak and Shard of Hate now drop fabled deity altars.
  • The "Clear All Hotkeys" option now displays a confirmation dialog before clearing your hotbar.